Anne’s “ghost” dress (39/??)
A study in brand minimalism
Jesus, I find the minimalized ones SO relaxing.
I looove all of the second to last ones. Still a touch of style and unique “branding,” but still very minimalist.
Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here..
A buzz filled the air, as if a thousand wasps were loose in the throne room. Some of the ladies in the galleries began to slip away, followed by a stream of petty lords and knights from the back of the hall. The gold cloaks let them go, but the queen had instructed Ser Osfryd to make note of all who fled. Suddenly the Tyrell rose does not smell so sweet.
Part 1 is here.
The Queen of Thorns was so close she could smell the old woman’s sour breath. Her gaunt thin fingers were pinching her wrist. To her other side, Margaery was listening as well. A shiver went through her. “A monster,” she whispered, so tremulously she could scarcely hear her own voice. “Joffrey is a monster. He lied about the butcher’s boy and made Father kill my wolf. When I displease him, he has the Kingsguard beat me. He’s evil and cruel, my lady, it’s so. And the queen as well.”
Lady Olenna Tyrell and her granddaughter exchanged a look. “Ah,” said the old woman, “that’s a pity.”
Oh, gods, thought Sansa, horrified. If Margaery won’t marry him, Joff will know that I’m to blame. “Please,” she blurted, “don’t stop the wedding …”
“Have no fear, Lord Puff Fish is determined that Margaery shall be queen. And the word of a Tyrell is worth more than all the gold in Casterly Rock. At least it was in my day. Even so, we thank you for the truth, child.”
In part one of this essay series on the Tyrell “conspiracy”, we’ll examine each of the pieces of their chessboard.
Ser Kevan said little and scarce touched his wine cup. He broods too much, she decided. He needs to be put to work to get beyond his grief.
She said as much, when the last of the food had been cleared away and the servants had departed. “I know how much my father relied on you, Uncle. Now I must do the same.”
“You need a Hand,” he said, “and Jaime has refused you.”
He is blunt. Very well. “Jaime … I felt so lost with Father dead, I scarce knew what I was saying. Jaime is gallant, but a bit of a fool, let us be frank. Tommen needs a more seasoned man. Someone older …”
“Mace Tyrell is older.”
Her nostrils flared. “Never.” Cersei pushed a lock of hair off her brow. “The Tyrells overreach themselves.”
“You would be a fool to make Mace Tyrell your Hand,” Ser Kevan admitted, “but a bigger fool to make him your foe.
Dontos Hollard Is Not An Informed Or Reliable Source Where House Tyrell Is Concerned Having Had Little To None Direct Involvement With Them As A Political Faction So Can We Just Not With Putting The Lannisters With Flowers Quote On Every Tyrell Graphic: A Polemic
Dude is the lord to the richest area of Westeros. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb”
Dude manages to keep his house in power after picking the wrong side in a war. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb”
Dude manages to lay siege to a Baratheon Keep at little cost to his own men, possibly saving thousands of lives. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb.”
Dude’s favourite son is a gay man whom he accepts regardless of the moral norms of Westeros at the time. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb.”
Dude allows the ladies in his life relative freedom despite social norms of Westeros dictating women should be in a position of lesser status and power. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb.”
Dude manages to become the Hand of the King through political manipulation and an assassination plot that he and the rest of the Tyrells got away with. Fandom: “Lol he’s fat and dumb.”
I love it when people use the quote from Olenna about knocking him with a spoon as a way to discredit him. First off— Tyrells are never as they appear, and you should never trust what a Tyrell is saying. If they want you to underestimate a person, they’re going to try their hardest to make you think they’re dumb and deserve a swift knock about the head with a spoon. Not to mention Olenna, bless her soul, is a bit of an asshole and seems to bite into people regardless of their potential. I should know— my Nana was Olenna, so much so I have flashbacks to her and get very uncomfortable when people laugh at her verbal abuse toward her family (I love Olenna, but please let’s stop the glorification of her rude behaviour toward her family.)
I’m not going to sit here and say Mace is the most intelligent player in ASOIAF and he can do no wrong and he’s the best at everything. Because he isn’t. He definitely has his faults, whether it be manipulating his kids to get some power, or glorifying his deeds to make him appear larger than life. But he’s not an utter fool who has no idea what he’s doing. He wouldn’t have been able to keep the Tyrells at the level they are in if he was. He ultimately has the power in that family— not Olenna, not Margaery, not Willas or Garlan or Loras or Alerie. It’s Mace.